The health care putsch continues while the world goes to hell in handbasket. Iranian nukes? Yawn. Pakistan jihadis with nukes? *crickets chirping* Abandonment of Israel? Check! Socializing healthcare? Job 1!
More and more Democrats claim they
will vote no on the bill. Is it even feasible for the bill to pass at this
point? I don't know, but it looks bad for the Demo-rats. Dems. House
Republicans have continued to say we should kill the bill and start fresh, but
Pelosi and friends won’t consider that option. Democrat leaders are plotting a strategy to
abuse the legislative process to pass their government takeover of health
care. These divisive tricks cooked up in back rooms of the Capitol have
never been used to pass purely partisan legislation that will impact 17 percent
of the economy and virtually every American life.
The current bill is having a chilling effect on job-creators.
Now this beautiful ban from the Republicans. Republicans are determined to make hay from the overspending that has dominated this Congress.
U.S. Congressman Mike Pence, Chairman of the House Republican Conference praised the unilateral ban on earmarks by House Republicans and delivered the following remarks today after the House Republican Conference approved a moratorium on all earmarks:
“We are offering the American people a fresh start on spending in Washington, D.C. We are offering the American people a new way forward.”
“Federal spending is out of control and the American people know it. Earmarks have become emblematic of everything that is wrong with spending here in Washington D.C. Today, after a marathon debate within the House Republican Conference, House Republicans have determined to renounce earmark requests of all kinds in this Congress, and the American people won that debate.
“By standing in favor of a moratorium on earmarks in this Congress, House Republicans are making a clean break from the past. We are offering the American people a fresh start on spending in Washington, D.C. We are offering the American people a new way forward. With the health care reform bill being debated and haggled about in these very hallways, no doubt earmarks are being talked about in a different way by the Democrat Majority. After the ‘Cornhusker Kickback,’ the ‘Gatorade Deal,’ the ‘Second Louisiana Purchase,’ the American people want us to change business as usual in Washington D.C.
“The contrast will be startling in the days ahead. No doubt as Democrats are making backroom deals, and offering earmarks to pass their government takeover of health care, today with one voice House Republicans have stepped forward and said, ‘The time has come to set aside earmarking as usual and begin the process of turning federal spending back over to the American people with a new course, new discipline, and new transparency.’”
GOP adopts sweeping earmark ban The Hill
House Republicans approved a conference-wide moratorium on earmarks on Thursday one day after a House committee enacted a ban on for-profit earmarks.
The Republican's moratorium is more extensive than the House Appropriations Committee's ban in that it applies to all earmarks for all members of their caucus.
The moratorium was passed via a "strong" voice vote, according to Rep Mike Conaway (R-Texas), who participated in the nearly two-hour long conference meeting.
Republicans had discussed enacting a ban in the last Congress, but a vote never materialized.
A number of Democrats and Republicans have undertaken efforts to rein in so-called "pork barrel" spending in recent days, sparking a battle between the parties over who can best reform the earmark process.
Good government groups and some lawmakers have called for earmarks to be reined in, saying they are symbols of wasteful spending and can lead to corruption.
Republican leaders issued a joint statement on Wednesday stating their intent to put the moratorium in place.
"For millions of Americans, the earmark process in Congress has become a symbol of a broken Washington," they said. "We believe the time has come for House Republicans to adopt an immediate, unilateral moratorium on all earmarks."
Senate Republicans appeared receptive to the House's proposal Thursday.
Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.) offered a one-year moratorium on earmarks on the Senate floor as the House Republicans were taking their vote. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) specifically complimented the House's plan in a Twitter post.
Freshman Rep. Garry Peters (D-Mich.) on Thursday issued a statement calling for an end to all earmarks.
“I believe we must put a stop to all earmarks and use the savings to reduce the deficit,” he said.